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Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Jiu-Jitsu" mean?

Jiu-Jitsu translates to “the gentle art” it is referred to as such because the art utilizes leverage and balance rather than force and strength. Also the finishing submissions are viewed as a more humane alternative to striking.

I'm not in the best shape. Can I still take a Jiu-Jitsu Class?

Of course! In fact, our beginner classes are an excellent way to get into shape. Not only will you learn the essential skills of self-defense, but you will also focus on muscle strengthening and endurance, cardio, and flexibility.

Is Jiu-Jitsu effective against other styles of martial arts?

Yes. In MMA (mixed martial arts) competitions, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has consistently proved its worth. Evidence of this can be found in competitions going back to Vale Tudo and the early UFC.

What are some of the physical benefits of training Jiu-Jitsu?

BJJ will improve conditioning, strength, coordination, flexibility and overall reflexes. Not to mention reduce stress and develop camaraderie with teammates.

Is Jiu-Jitsu beneficial for women?

Jiu-Jitsu is excellent for rape prevention and other forms of self-defense necessary for women, since most attacks occur on the ground. Strategic grips and proper application of leverage and body weight distribution will allow women to escape from attackers standing or on the ground.

I have never done martial arts before and I feel a little apprehensive. How easy is it to get started?

Most people feel some anxiety about starting a martial arts program which is why our introductory class is recommended. Individual attention is a feature in each and every class, allowing all students to progress quickly and confidently towards the more advanced programs. It will make sure you familiarize yourself with the school, the instructors and of course to help you feel comfortable with the material you are learning.

When do you offer classes?

We offer classes 6 days per week. In order to accommodate your hectic schedule, each of our programs run several times per week, allowing you to customize a training schedule that suits your needs. And besides our instructional program, we also provide “open mat” times for those who want to come in and work out on their own as well as private lessons, which can be virtually scheduled for any time of the day!

How old does my child have to be to start training?

We recommend that children start at 5 years old. However, since no two kids are the same, and there can be significant differences in coordination and maturity, we are willing to evaluate children younger than 5.